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Three Delicious Yet Unknown Regional Dishes To Flavor Up Regional-Themed Parties

One of the most exciting aspects of party planning is deciding on a theme. Regional themes work well because they can showcase traditional flavors. From wedding catering to birthdays, here are some examples of often-overlooked yet very traditional regional dishes that capture the essence of the regions from which they originated.

Hawaii

One of the most popular party ideas is the Hawaiian theme. These luau-themed events are usually catered with ham, pineapple, and cucumber salad, but there is one frequently overlooked dish that is the epitome of Hawaiian cuisine: the Loco Moco.

Shortly after the second World War, a group of teenagers wandered into a Hawaiian restaurant and asked for breakfast. Dubbed the Loco Moco, this dish would forever change the course of true Hawaiian fare.

The Loco Moco is a sound comfort food consisting of rice topped with a ground beef patty, egg, and gravy. No longer just a breakfast dish, the Loco Moco is one of the most traditional and purely Hawaiian comfort foods to be found. For a truly authentic Hawaiian-themed party, the Loco Moco is a perfect main dish consideration.

Mid-Atlantic

When one thinks of mid-Atlantic cuisine, seafood-based dishes and clam bisque probably come to mind. For catered events, however, seafood can quickly destroy a budget and sandwiches can come across as too casual.

For an alternative entree that is both deep-rooted in mid-Atlantic tradition and affordable, look no further than scrapple. Derived from old European settlers’ recipes, scrapple is a toasted loaf of pork products ground and combined with cornmeal and then served as slices. At first blush, it sounds like a crude dish reminiscent of sausage, but it is actually a very finicky meal that demands a skilled and attentive chef.

Finding scrapple outside of the mid-Atlantic region can be quite a challenge, but the ingredients are readily found throughout the United States. Thus, scrapple definitely deserves consideration for a mid-Atlantic cuisine theme.

Midwestern

Parties and events often work better when opting for hors d’oeuvres instead of a sit-down meal. Guests are usually served exactly what they expect: cheese, meats, and maybe some interesting dips. These items work because they can be consumed in one or two bites, do not require plates or silverware, and do not create a mess.

A catering company can serve hors d’oeuvres but with a little more excitement by including cheese curds. This little-known finger food is derived from cottage cheese that has been skimmed of cream and then curded. Aside from being delicious, cheese curds are fun; when bitten into, they actually squeak.

Originally from Wisconsin, cheese curds must be served fresh; thus, they are seldom seen outside of the Midwestern United States. With special care, however, they can be transported to a catered event and liven up an hors d’oeuvres table.

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

3 Ways To Cut Back On Calories At A Mexican Restaurant

If you are trying to eat healthier, then going to Mexican restaurants can be a good choice as long as you know what foods will aid in your healthy eating plan. Here are 3 ways to cut back on calories so that you can enjoy great flavor while maintaining a small waistline.

Eat Fish

First, consider eating fish and seafood when you go to a Mexican restaurant. Specifically, look for grilled fish that does not have the extra calories that come from being fried. Really fresh fish has so much flavor that it does not need to be fried anyway.

You can find fish in many Mexican dishes, such as soup, as a main entree, and you can also get fish tacos or salads. Many types of Mexican fish are prepared and grilled with dry seasonings that will stick to the fish. 

If you want more flavor that is still healthy, add some fresh salsa that comes with the chips. You can also spread a light layer of guacamole on the fish so that it is creamier and has another layer of Mexican flavor.

Add Beans

Next, add beans to your meal as long as they are not refried. Many Mexican restaurants have black beans and pinto beans that are cooked in a healthy way. They can add more flavor to the beans by adding garlic, cumin, cilantro, and onion while the beans cook.

The only real liquid that has to be added is some water or some broth, and all of this is healthy for you to eat. You can then enjoy your fish or grilled chicken with an added element that is both filling and contains good protein. Also, eating beans can help with cholesterol as long as they are not fried.

Skip the Chips

Lastly, skip the chips at a Mexican restaurant. Even though many restaurants make their chips fresh so that they have great flavor, they are usually fried and contain more calories. Also, you will not have as much room for your meal if you fill up on chips, so you will miss out on the nutrition that comes from the healthier items.

If you cannot resist the chips, then ask your waiter to bring them at the end of your meal so that you have filled up on everything else first. This will allow you to still enjoy a few chips, but most of your calories will come from the truly amazing Mexican foods on the menu.

By doing these 3 things, you can cut back on calories and eat amazing flavors that will make you feel full, satisfied, and happy. Click here to continue reading more about Mexican restaurants.

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